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Florida. Cape Canaveral

xorolik • 4 minutes read • June 14th, 2016
We arrived from the Abaco Islands to Fort Lauderdale, rented a car from the airport, and drove toward 

Cape Canaveral

. This time we got the new Hyundai Tucson.
The distance we had to travel was about 155 miles (250 km) which we successfully overcame in 3.5 hours.

We stopped in 

Cocoa Beach,

not far from Port Canaveral.
Cocoa Beach is a city located in Brevard County, on the east coast of Florida, bordering Cape Canaveral to the north.
There were hotels along the coast, small shops, cafes and restaurants. You can buy surfboards and kite surfing equipment just about everywhere. It was quite a small beach town. People walked and rode around in swimsuits.
The beach was huge, the sand was gray, the water was brown, there were big waves, strong currents, and a very strong wind. The perfect environment for kite-surfers!  

Pelicans flew around us constantly, flying in flocks of up to 9 birds!  
So, we went on a tour to Cape Canaveral to see the Kennedy Space Center, located within a huge complex belonging to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration).

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

 is located on the Atlantic coast, on Merritt Island. It is a building complex designed for rocket launches and mission control owned by the US government. Now, the Kennedy Space Center serves as a base for three Space Shuttles. NASA conducts unmanned civilian launches at the Air Force Station, located near Cape Canaveral.

The dimensions of the complex are roughly 34 miles (55 km) in length and 6 miles (10 km) wide; a total of 220 sq. miles (570 square kilometers). You can buy tickets for different programs, with or without a guide. There is a "Rocket Garden", museums and cinemas on the territory.
In addition to visiting the museums and watching a documentary in the IMAX cinema, the tour bus will make 2 stops: one at the observation deck and the other at the pavilion dedicated to the the Saturn V rocket and the lunar program.
This is an imitation of the launch of the Saturn V, with the lunar module.
Here is the Saturn V.
And this is the lunar module.
The tour lasted 6 hours. The road back to Miami took us the same amount of time, so we arrived in Miami at around 10 p.m. 
Author: Xorolik
Source: xorolik.livejournal.com
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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